WASHINGTON — Four years after the Wizards took Czech guard Tomas Satoransky with the 32nd pick in the 2012 draft, they’ll finally have a chance to see him wear their jersey.
Satoransky, who turns 25 at the end of October, averaged 9.6 points, 4.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game this season over 62 games with FC Barcelona. In his final game with Barcelona, he scored 17 points on just six shots, thanks to 8-for-9 shooting from the free-throw line, and he added five assists and two rebounds with committing a turnover.
He signed with the Wizards for three years for $9 million, per numerous reports.
At 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds, it is unclear exactly what role Satoransky will have with the Wizards.
He’s played more point guard than anything else, but with John Wall the obvious incumbent at starting point guard, he would compete with newly-acquired Trey Burke for the backup job.
Both Burke and Satoransky have respectable jump shots, and Bradley Beal has a lengthy injury history, so either or both could spend some time playing shooting guard.
Washington also does not currently have a player on the roster slated for the backup shooting guard job. The roster currently looks as such:
Point Guard: John Wall, Trey Burke, Tomas Satoransky
Shooting Guard: Bradley Beal
Small Forward: Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre
Power Forward: Markieff Morris, Andrew Nicholson
Center: Marcin Gortat, Ian Mahinmi
With just 10 roster spots filled, the Wizards still have a ways to go. They’re running low on salary room — they have less than $6 million remaining — but they could still tweak some things to make a little more room — and will have to sign players to very cheap deals if they aren’t willing to go into the luxury tax.
Regardless, with Beal frequently injured, Burke having struggled with his shot throughout his brief NBA career and Satoransky a virtual unknown, the Wizards will need to add shooting and perimeter depth to the roster. Their four-man frontcourt is strong, and at most they might add one more interior presence, but they need the most help on the win.